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 Katie Finning

Katie Finning

PhD student


 +44 (0) 1392 725228

 South Cloisters 2.05


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Katie is a PhD student in the Child Mental Health Research Group, supervised by Professor Tamsin Ford, Dr Obi Ukoumunne and Dr Darren Moore. Her PhD is investigating the relationship between child and adolescent emotional disorder and poor attendance at school. Her PhD is funded by the University of Exeter Medical School via a Wellcome Strategic Award on resilience in young people.

Katie previously worked as an Associate Research Fellow in the Complex Interventions Research Group on an NIHR-HTA funded trial of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for adults with depression (the COBRA trial). Other roles have included working as a research assistant in a secondary care mental health trust, an assistant to a forensic psychologist, a voluntary research intern at the University of Exeter's Mood Disorders Centre, and a support worker for the brain injury charity Headway.


BSc (1st class Hons) Psychology, University of Exeter


  • Associate Research Fellow, Complex Interventions Research Group, University of Exeter Medical School, Mar 2012 - Oct 2016
  • Research Assistant, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Aug 2011 - Mar 2012
  • Assistant Psychologist, Psychology Expert Services Ltd, Mar 2010 - Aug 2011
  • Research Intern, University of Exeter Mood Disorder's Centre, Jun - Oct 2010 


Research interests

Katie is interested in depression and anxiety in children and adolescents, and has a particular interest in the overlap between mental and physical health.

Research interests include:

  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Relationship between mental and physical health
  • Mental health services research
  • Prevention, identification and treatment of common mental health conditions like depression and anxiety

Research projects


  • Finning, K., Harvey, K., Moore, D., Ford, T., Davis, B. & Waite, P. (2017) Secondary school educational practitioners' experiences of school attendance problems and interventions to address them: A qualitative study. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, DOI: 10.1080/13632752.2017.1414442.
  • Richards, D.A., Rhodes, S., Ekers, D., McMillan, D., Taylor, R., Byford, S. et al. (2017). Cost and Outcome of BehaviouRal Activation (COBRA): a randomised controlled trial of behavioural activation versus cognitive–behavioural therapy for depression. Health Technology Assessment, 21(46), 1-366.
  • Finning, K., Moore, D.A., Ukoumunne O.C., Danielsson-Waters, E. & Ford, T. (2017) The association between child and adolescent emotional disorder and poor attendance at school: A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews 6(121).
  • Finning, K., Richards, D.A., Moore, L., Ekers, D., McMillan, D., Farrand, P.A. et al. (2017). Cost and outcome of behavioural activation versus cognitive behavioural therapy for depression (COBRA): A qualitative process evaluation. BMJ Open, 7(4), e014161. doi: 0.1136/bmjopen-2016-014161 
  • Richards, D.A., Finning, K. & Taylor, R.S. (2017). Behavioural activation training for depression - Authors' reply. Lancet, 389(10067), 367-368.
  • Richards, D.A., Ekers, D., McMillan, D., Taylor, R.S., Byford, S., Warren, F.C. et al. (2016) Cost and Outcome of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (COBRA): A randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial. Lancet, 388(10047), 871-880.

Research Fellows

  • Izzy Petrie

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